Literacy is a leading indicator of student success, and it is an essential skill for any subject area! Students aren’t just reading books, poems, and stories in English Language Arts—they read laboratory experiment instructions in science, word problems in math, and maps in social studies! Reading is a complicated, multi-faceted skill, as it requires students to master language comprehension and word recognition, but cross-curricular reading practice can help students practice these skills even when English Language Arts class is over.
To help you help your students with literacy skills, we’ve gathered Top 10 SOS Instructional Strategies focused on reading and literacy. These instructional strategies support students in language comprehension, specifically building background knowledge, strengthening comprehension, and developing disciplinary vocabulary. Use these strategies in your classroom, no matter what content area you’re teaching, to help students practice disciplinary-specific literacy skills.